There was something about the comfortable posture of this cat and the way she was outlined against the wall that demanded a photo. Besides the title of this blog pinged into my mind there and then. But should it have been 'a hot bin lid'? Hmm. Titles are very serendipitous and it's worth keeping a title alarm ticking all the time. A passing comment or a headline can lead to a title. They can arise out of a story or provide the impulse to write one. They signpost the reader to the content. Sometimes the title can be the best thing about a story, rather like this cat perched on top of lots of rubbish. If she hadn't been there, I wouldn't have taken the photo.
Perhaps finding a title isn't your problem but deciding where to begin your story is. I've cropped this photo because it had too much wall and not enough cat to begin with. It can be the same with writing. What should go and what should stay? Sometimes advice from a professional is required.
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